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Reviving Scotland's Black History

‘Reviving Scotland’s Black History: An exploration of migration and diaspora histories’ is an exciting summer school programme engaging young people between the ages of 18-25 in a mentorship and curation course looking at black heritage and migration in Scotland.

Ever wondered about the legacy of black heritage in Scotland? Or thought about how the slave trade or colonisation influenced contemporary demographics in Scotland? This course will provide an all-telling opportunity for young people to learn about this history!

We will provide lectures, walking tours, site visits and seminars facilitated by CRER.

You will also be offered workshops on programming, curation, equipping you with the knowledge and guidance to programme your own film screening as part of the Africa in Motion Film Festival and Black History Month 2017 programme.

To apply please complete the expression of interest form here. 

** Deadline for expression of interest – 25 May 2017 **

Course dates:

Induction and Introduction to Black History in Scotland – Tues 30 May

Walking tour, workshops and introduction to curation – Wed 31 May

Curation Day – Tues 27 June

Supported self-exploration and research – July

Programming Day – Tues 8 of August

Programme Lock-down – Thurs 31 of August

Marketing – Sept / Oct (two days per month TBC)

Programmed events to take place between 1 Oct – 5 November

This course is coordinated by Africa in Motion Film Festival (AiM) in collaboration with The Coalition of Racial Equality and Rights (CRER).


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Reviving Scotland's Black History 2016

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, this year Africa in Motion Film Festival and the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER) worked in partnership to develop a young programmers project entitled ‘Reviving Scotland’s Black History’. We brought together five young aspiring film programmers from different backgrounds to take part in lectures, walking tours, site visits and seminars exploring black heritage in Scotland and the UK. Through this project they discovered Scotland’s links to slavery, through for example Glasgow’s architecture, learnt about the various race riots that have taken place in Scotland from 1916 onwards as well as about Scottish activism against racism.

From the knowledge they acquired the young programmers were then tasked with programming four events taking place during Africa in Motion Film Festival and Black History Month. These screenings and events are inspired by what they learnt, combined with their own life experiences and passions.

Events included a package of short films curated by Jo Reid, looking at LGBTQ+ stories from across the Africa. This event was entitled ‘Queer Africa: Stories from across the continent’ and took place at the Flying Duck bar. ‘The Journey of Antonio’ curated by Tinofara Fombe which drew inspiration from her Grandfather’s journey from Portugal to Mozambique during the period of liberation there, and included a storytelling by her and a screening of ‘The Murmuring Coast’. The third event ‘Colourism’ curated by Wacera Kamonji took place in the Biscuit Factory, Edinburgh curated and looked at cultural conceptions of skin, race and body beauty through a package of short films and was followed by a discussion. The final screening ‘De-Colonising the Image’ was curated by Alasdair Campbell and explored films made during the colonial era by African’s living in France.

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